With the anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki upon us, it might be a good time for right-wingers and self-identified conservatives to take a big-boy look at these events. Two columns below force us to take an uncomfortable closer look at events we have been told to cheer.
We have to face the fact that something is not automatically okay or right simply because it was done by the U.S.
Terrorism By Any Reasonable Definition – The Beacon: Sixty-seven years ago, on August 6, 1945, the Truman administration dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, instantly killing tens of thousands of men, women, and children, and causing a nuclear catastrophe that took thousands of more lives in the weeks and years that followed. Three days later, on August 9, the U.S. followed up by dropping a plutonium bomb on Nagasaki.
This is a little longer, but chock-full of food for thought.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki by Ralph Raico: The most spectacular episode of Truman’s presidency will never be forgotten, but will be forever linked to his name: the atomic bombings of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and of Nagasaki three days later. Probably around two hundred thousand persons were killed in the attacks and through radiation poisoning; the vast majority were civilians, including several thousand Korean workers. Twelve U.S. Navy fliers incarcerated in a Hiroshima jail were also among the dead.